By Abraham Riesman Vulture (devouring culture) All week long, Vulture is exploring how dystopias have been imagined in popular culture. Few authors have crafted more vividly realized future worlds than William Gibson. In timeless classics such as Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive, he dreamed up environments filled with fantastical technology and innovative social arrangements.…Read more William Gibson Has a Theory About Our Cultural Obsession With Dystopias
Someone asked me recently why I posted so much 'space related' stuff and well, apart from the obvious, because it's there are it's fascinating, I think for all those reasons but also because for the past four months I've been writing a science fiction novel. But then, I've always loved science fiction, whether it be…Read more Space art’s star is fading fast
This love-filled collective and its compelling leader had quite the creative output. by Ella Morton September 15, 2016 18,106 Ruth Norman, a.k.a. Archangel Uriel, and some Unariuns dressed up for a psychodrama. In the early ‘80s, American channel surfers began to encounter some pretty out-there public-access programming from a California collective known as Unarius. Led…Read more The Fascinating ’80s Public Access Films Produced by a California UFO Cult
Meet Lady Margaret Cavendish. by Natalie Zarrelli Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle. (Photo: Public Domain) No one could get into philosophical argument with Lady Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and walk away unchanged. Born in 1623, Cavendish was an outspoken aristocrat who traveled in circles of scientific thinkers, and broke ground on proto-feminism, natural…Read more One of the Earliest Science Fiction Books Was Written in the 1600s by a Duchess
You wouldn’t know your Google from the Giggles.
I find this post fascinating since I’ve been dabbling with science fiction recently and have tried to think of a way for human beings to access computer information without having to use a keyboard.
We live in a highly computerized society (the concept of the Internet of Things) where not only are there a lot of electronic devices abound, you probably have a computer on your person right now. Think of how many people in the world have a smartphone (surprisingly, I don’t – I’m just cheap). According to Experts Exchange, the guidance systems used in the Apollo missions have only twice the computing capability of the old Nintendo Entertainment System (or Famicom for you video game hipsters out there). That’s right – with half of the RAM that NASA used to guide Apollo 11 to the moon, I’ve been using it to save the Kingdom of Hyrule.
Source: Experts Exchange, http://pages.experts-exchange.com/processing-power-compared/
My old Sega Genesis (CPU Speed: 7.6 MHz, RAM: 72 KB) would have blown away the Apollo guidance systems. No contest.
All this computerization requires a lot of resources, especially silicon…
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Having waded through Finnegan’s Wake, PorterGirl ventures into science fiction and hopefully, some wickedly sadistic, political satire
In a post-Brexit, pre-dystopian Britain, the traditional political system has collapsed and Tony Blair is back in Number 10. Only this time, he is tied to a chair in the kitchen under the watchful eye of the accidental Prime Minister’s mother.
Following several years of instability, Britain is more divided than ever. The country has devolved into a ragtag assembly of self-governing provinces, each with their own unique and particular arrangements. Elected to the position of Prime Minister of East Anglia by lottery (considered the only true method of democracy by some drunk Cambridge scholars), Lucy Wastell comes to power with the intention of reuniting her beloved country, establishing Cambridge as the new capital city and giving her chums all the top jobs. Which – considering she was a receptionist until last week – shows remarkable political nous.
When ex-Prime Minister and all-round war monger Tony Blair is captured by…
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Here it is, Starman: Life on Trappist1, the complete story, so far. Please comment, as I'm looking for feedback on this. Science fiction is a new departure for me and, while I'm enjoying it, like all writers, I'm anxious to know if anyone else is, too. Abraham looks up at the sky. The second moon…Read more Starman: Life on Trappist1